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Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Tour to Ephesus Including the Temple of Artemis and Şirince

Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Tour to Ephesus Including the Temple of Artemis and Şirince

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Selcuk, Turkey
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Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

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Safety measures
icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Marvel at ancient ruins of Ephesus, after your cruise ship docks during this 5-hour privately guided shore excursion from Kusadasi port. With the full attention of an expert guide you will explore the remnants of this fascinating archaeological site. Observe well-maintained street, baths and temples, shops, and visit the Library of Celsus and Great Theatre too. See one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis. Plus, taste fruit wine in the charming hill town of Şirince.
  • Explore Ephesus, the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean
  • Marvel at highlights such as the Library of Celsus, Great Theatre and Roman baths
  • Enjoy personalized attention from a private guide on this shore excursion
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Port pickup and drop-off
Transport by private, air-conditioned minivan
Professional guide
Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Ports

  • Kusadasi Port


Departure Time

8:00 AM
Disembark your ship at Kusadasi port and meet your guide and air-conditioned minivan for your shore excursion to Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis. Begin with a half-hour drive north along the Aegean sea and discover Ephesus.

Here, hop out in Ephesus and begin a walking tour with your guide. Observe Greco-Roman architecture as you enter through Magnesia Gate. Then, listen to your guide tell your about the history of this prominent 2nd century BC Roman Capital in Asia Minor.

Continue along marble covered roads and leisurely pass Roman baths and forgotten shops. Reach Odeon, Temple of Hadrian and Fountain of Trajan and snap great photos. Then, head to the famous Library of Celsus and visit the Great Theatre which once held 25,000 spectators. Hear how St. Paul once preached sermons to thousands of people or assembled here.

Next, explore one of the Seven Wonder of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis which is signified by its restored column. Admire this remarkable temple from 550 BC which was reconstructed on three separate occasions before it was destroyed in 401 AD.

Afterward, take a short drive up to the charming hillside town that sits atop Ephesus - Şirince. With your guide, learn about traditional Turkish life as you walk through this once Greek settlement. See delightful cobbled streets lined with craft shops and food stalls. Stop to taste some delicious fruit wine at a winery, a local specialty.

Finally, hop back into your minivan and return to the cruise port where your tour finishes.

Special note: On the day of your tour, the order of each activity visited above may be modified.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:Don’t worry, this tour guarantees you will get back to Kusadasi cruise port! In the unlikely event that your ship has disembarked, we will organize transportation to the next port-of call. Plus, you can book worry free. If by chance your ship is delayed to arrive and you cannot attend the tour, we will refund your money. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Ancient City of Ephesus
When your cruise ship arrives in Kusadasi, meet your private guide at the port and set off in your air-conditioned minivan to begin your shore excursion. Absorb the views of the Aegean Sea as you travel north towards Ephesus. After about 30 minutes, arrive at Ephesus and enter this stunningly preserved Greco-Roman site via the Magnesia Gate. Then, walk with your knowledgeable guide around this once-bustling city, and hear how it was once the capital of the Roman Empire in Asia Minor, and enjoyed a golden age in around 2nd century BC. Follow the marble-paved streets past the shells of shops and Roman baths, and see the remains of the Odeon, Fountain of Trajan and Temple of Hadrian. Keep your camera ready, too, for two of the most celebrated landmarks: the Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre, a 25,000-seater stadium where spectators once gathered to hear the teachings of St Paul. Continue to the nearby site of the Temple of Artemis, built in around 550 BC and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. See the restored column that marks the site and hear how the temple was rebuilt three times before its destruction in 401 AD. Then, visit Şirince, a pretty hill village perched above Ephesus. This former Greek settlement is known for its wine and crafts, and offers a charming glimpse into rural Turkish life. Stroll the cobbled lanes past food and craft stalls, and sample some of the village's famous fruit wine at a winery. When the time comes, return to Kusadasi where your tour ends with a drop-off at the cruise port.
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • It is highly recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Fez Travel
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Tour to Ephesus Including the Temple of Artemis and Şirince?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Tour to Ephesus Including the Temple of Artemis and Şirince?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Tour to Ephesus Including the Temple of Artemis and Şirince.
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What is the social distancing policy during Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Tour to Ephesus Including the Temple of Artemis and Şirince?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Tour to Ephesus Including the Temple of Artemis and Şirince.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Tour to Ephesus Including the Temple of Artemis and Şirince?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Tour to Ephesus Including the Temple of Artemis and Şirince.

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star-4
A great day out
Resort30494367653
, Oct 2019
Erman, our guide, was excellent, and he made our visit to Ephesus an outstanding experience. We also visited Sirince, which was delightful, and not at all busy when we were there. We anticipated lunching at one of the lovely restaurants there, but instead were whisked away to one of those places that caters en masse for visitors, which was very disappointing. Erman offered to show us a local pottery and Turkish Delight emporium, but it had been a very hot day at Ephesus, so we contented ourselves with stopping at the Temple of Artemis before returning to our ship. Apart from lunch, the organisation of the day was excellent.
star-5
Great tour
wine_travels0690
, Jul 2019
We had a wonderful tour that included Ephesus and Sirince and the Temple of Artemis. Our tour guide Begu was great and provided a very entertaining description of the sights in Ephesus, lots of information but not boring. We saw a coffee making demo and rug making demo then had a delicious lunch. This was our first time in Turkey and we thoroughly enjoyed it thanks to Begu.
star-5
Excellent tour
Go53318560084
, Jun 2019
This was a top notch tour from beginning to end. Picked us up at the exact time we requested. Our guide spoke fluent English and was a wealth of knowledge of both Ephesus and of the local area. We were suprised on the way back with a complementary lunch and presentation on how Turkish carpets are made. -- an opportunity to buy yes, but absolutely no sales pressure. You cant go wrong choosing this tour.
star-5
One of the best tours I have done...
Anthony
, Feb 2018
One of the best tours I have done with our own private guide and a large mini bus to takeus on the trip. Ephesus was outstanding and the visit to the hill top village was well worth the drive. We did go to a government sponsored carpet factory traniing women in weaving. We could have missed it out but at least there was no hard selling. There was only my daughter and myself on the excursion. Well worth the money and a delight.
star-5
Our guide were amazing. Great place to...
robynsmith2810
, Oct 2017
Our guide were amazing. Great place to visit. We enjoyed this more than Pompeii.
star-4
Fantastic tour guide Char who had...
Jules
, Nov 2016
Fantastic tour guide Char who had immense knowledge. Ephesus was much larger site than expected and well worth the visit.
star-5
Great tour, excellent and knowing...
Lene Collatz L
, Sep 2016
Great tour, excellent and knowing guide. Can only be recommended
star-5
No visit to Kusadasi should be made...
Br T
, Sep 2016
No visit to Kusadasi should be made without a visit to Ephesus. We were fortunate to have a guide to ourselves and Begu provided an excellent tour . His knowledge was first class and he also provided us with general information about the sites which we would not have come across otherwise. If I had planned a tour for myself , I would not include the visit to Rug factory.
star-5
Fantastic. Great guide. Ephesus is a...
James D
, Jun 2016
Fantastic. Great guide. Ephesus is a must in any bodies travels.
star-5
Our tour guide, Serdar Karakas of...
Peter K
, Jun 2016
Our tour guide, Serdar Karakas of Fez Travel, was most excellent. Very knowledgeable and highly educated, giving us biblical side notes about Ephesus as a bonus. Very patient with our 8 and 11 year old boys. We never felt pressured for time. He took us to his friend's restaurant for a kebab lunch, very delicious. We also went to the quaint village of Sirince for shopping. Tour van was air conditioned and very nice. Driver was nice too. Very relaxed tour. Would do it again in a heart beat.

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